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Law Number

OCGA 36-60-23

Summary Title

Workers' Compensation: Volunteer Firefighter


A volunteer firefighter for a county or municipality is entitled to workers' compensation if injured or killed while performing their duties.

Full Title

Volunteer firefighters for counties and municipalities

Full Text

(a) As used in this Code section, the term "volunteer firefighter" means a person who is a volunteer firefighter, as defined in Code Section 47-7-1, relating to definitions regarding the Georgia Firefighters' Pension Fund, and who receives no compensation for services as a volunteer firefighter other than: (1) Actual expenses incurred; (2) A per diem for services; (3) Contributions to the Georgia Firefighters' Pension Fund; (4) Workers' compensation coverage under Chapter 9 of Title 34; or (5) Any combination of items specified in paragraphs (1) through (4) of this subsection. (b) Notwithstanding the provisions of Code Section 36-30-4, 45-2-2, or any other provision of law to the contrary, a volunteer firefighter for a county or municipal corporation shall be eligible to serve as a member of the governing authority of that county or municipal corporation. (c) Nothing in this Code section shall require a county or municipal governing authority to make any of the payments or offer the benefits to volunteer firefighters specified in subsection (a) of this Code section.